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Buddhi Thakurani, popularly known as 'Thakurani Yatra' commences from April 2

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Berhampur | Saturday, Mar 18 2017 IST
The 30-day-long biennial festival of Buddhi Thakurani, popularly known as 'Thakurani Yatra' will commence here from April 2 to May 2.

According to some eminent historians, the cult of Buddhi Thakurani originated along with the emergence of Berhampur town in and around 1672 AD. Telugu Lengayat Dera (weaver) community, who came to Mahuri on the invitation of Raja Saheb of Mahuri to take up their profession of weaving, started 'Ghata Yatra' (Pot Festival) for highlighting the divinity of Mahamayee Thakurani of his capital town Berhampur. The Chief of the Dera community, Kota Chandramani Kubera Senapati, led his community people to migrate to Mahuri and Berhampur who settle down into their hereditary profession of weaving tussar silken products or 'patta matha'. The 'Ghata Yatra' was initiated for the purpose of highlighting the tradition of worshiping Thakurani as well as to use it as a platform for sales promotion of their silken products. The date for Thakurani Yatra was fixed by the yatra management committee at the house of Desi Behera, Chief of the Dera community here late last night. Desi Behera P Durga Prasad sought the cooperation of everybody for the smooth celebration of the festival. Buddhi Thakurani is considered as the daughter of the Desi Behera and the deity stays with her father's family during the entire Yatra period. The last biennial festival of Buddhi Thakurani was observed for 29 days in 2015 from March 28 to April 25. The biennial festival of Buddhi Thakurani recognized as the sixth state festival of Odisha by the Department of Tourism and Culture government of Odisha during 2014. Earlier the Department of Tourism and Culture Odisha recognized five festivals including 'Dhanu Yatra' in Bargarh, 'Parab' in Koraput, 'Mukteswar' and 'Rajarani' in Bhubaneswar and 'Konark Festival' in Konark. The department has also made a provision of Rs 1 crore for the development of Buddhi Thakurani temple. Hrushikesh Panigrahi Director All India Radio (AIR) Berhampur who has done a research on the 'Thakurani Yatra' in Berhampur said that this recognition is a great step towards popularizing and preserving a great tradition.UNI XC BD BM

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